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Tolls increasing July 1 on Bridge of the Gods

Tolls for Bridge of the Gods crossings will be going up next month for out-of-town users.

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WSDOT moving quickly to repair damage to SR 14

A series of unfortunate events surrounding State Route 14 in the Columbia Gorge is leading the Washington State Department of Transportation to schedule a contractor to come in and repair damage to the roadway.

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Republic Services unveils new ash metal recovery facility

Republic Services, Inc. and Lab USA unveiled a state-of-the-art ash metal recovery facility on June 14 at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill.

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Local Republican going to national convention as alternate

Close to 5,000 state delegates and alternates not counting the 15,000 members of the media will file into Cleveland, Ohio’s Quicken Loans Arena next month to officially nominate the Republican Party’s presidential candidate during the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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CHS graduates taking over $400K in scholarships

During Scholarship Night on Tuesday, June 7, in Miller Memorial Gym in White Salmon, Columbia School’s Class of 2016 students received scholarships and other monetary awards totaling over $400,000.

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White Salmon Farmers’ Market kicks off season in park on June 21

The White Salmon Farmers’ market opens for the 2016 season on Tuesday, June 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Rhinegarten Park.

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Faulty rail bolt may have caused Friday’s oil train wreck

A column of smoke scarred the sky early Friday afternoon after a Union Pacific oil train, containing Bakken crude oil from Idaho on its way to Tacoma, derailed in Mosier on tracks paralleling Interstate 84 near Mosier’s wastewater treatment plant. No injuries have been reported as a result of the accident.

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Back-in parking coming to south side of Jewett

Back-in parking will soon be the norm on the south side of Jewett Boulevard in downtown White Salmon. The City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the parking code on June 1 that calls for back-in parking on Jewett’s south side between S 1st Avenue and the entrance to the Hi-School Pharmacy and Ace Hardware carpark.

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Oregon edible sales not biting local pot shop

Last Thursday, Oregon recreational marijuana users were offered a wider scope of choices. June 2 marked the expanded sales of low dose pot-infused edibles, extracts, and non-psychoactive topical products in Oregon’s recreational marijuana shops. In May of this year, Oregon’s Legislature approved the expanded sale of marijuana products.

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Columbia High electric car team competes at PIR

Imagine a car race where there are no engines roaring, no smell of exhaust and no clouds of smoke from squealing tires. Then imagine a race where many of the cars resemble pod-racers from Star Wars, and you’d begin to have an idea of what an Electrathon America event looks like.

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Train fire out, small oil sheen reported on Columbia River

The Washington Department of Ecology is currently assessing an oil sheen in the Columbia River near the site of the oil train derailment at Mosier.

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Multi-car oil train derailment reported near Mosier, I84 closed

Authorities are reporting a multi-car oil train derailment near Mosier, with smoke and flames visible near the Rock Creek overpass. We will update when more information becomes available. Exit into Mosier is closed.

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State Parks offers two ‘free’ days in June

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two “free days” next month: Saturday, June 4, recognition of National Trails Day and Saturday, June 11, National Get Outdoors Day.

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Bingen council gives support to drug enforcement proposal

Members of Bingen’s City Council unanimously passed a resolution last Tuesday in support of the county-wide criminal justice sales tax increase proposed by Bingen-White Salmon Police Chief Tracy Wyckoff.

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WS withdraws notice of violation to RV park

After hearing arguments against from the former and current owner of Bridge RV Park last Wednesday, the City of White Salmon backed off the notice of violation it had issued to the park for a failure to connect to the city’s sewer system.

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